Animals and Fish Welcomed Back
to Flood-Ravaged Sanctuary


Seals, turtles, penguins and other creatures are returning to the Norfolk aquarium and rescue centre that was destroyed by floodwaters last December.

More than 2,500 creatures had to be hastily evacuated to foster homes across England when Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary was wrecked by three-foot deep floodwaters at the height of a winter storm.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary The tidal surge that breached the resort´s flood defenses knocked out the Sanctuary´s power and life support systems, cracked windows and lifted tanks off their foundations.

The speed of the response from both emergency services and Sea Life rescue teams meant the vast majority of creatures were safely removed to temporary homes. Fewer than 30 small tropical fish were lost.
Now the Sanctuary has been re-built, bigger and better than before, and its residents are returning 10 months after their dramatic exodus.

Common seals, giant sea turtle, otters, penguins and rays...are all due to arrive along with hundreds of fish next Tuesday 23rd September 2014.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary "Seals and otters will be coming from Scarborough; the turtles and penguins from Great Yarmouth, rays and fish from London and more fish from Weymouth," said displays supervisor Kieran Copeland.

"Seeing the new-look Sanctuary gradually take shape has been exciting," he added, "but we can´t wait to see it brought properly back to life with the arrival of so many of our residents all at one go."
The Sanctuary operates a busy rescue and rehab´ programme for sickly, injured and abandoned seal pups.

Its closure over the summer - the breeding season for the huge common seal colony in The Wash - heaped pressure on the nearest alternative facility, the RSPCA rescue centre at King´s Lynn.

It will be back up and running in time for the winter grey seal breeding season however.
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary Meanwhile resident common seals Sally, Amber, Tyne, Miley and solitary male Pendle, will find their old home has been expanded and their huge pool embellished with an underwater viewing window.

The four Asian short-clawed otters - mum Summer and her three boys Smartie, Yorkie and Twix - are sure to enjoy exploring their new enclosure, complete with two cosy holts, two waterfalls, stream and dive pool.
"Many of our indoor displays have been replaced with more modern high-tech´ displays and will look absolutely stunning when teeming with fish again," said Kieran.

Photo Call: The influx next Tuesday begins with the return of Ernie the turtle at 10am...with further deliveries expected early afternoon and evening, all offering great picture opportunities.

Date: Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Time: 10am (and c. 2pm, 3pm and 6pm)
Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary


Press Release issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary

For more details please contact: Nigel Croasdale on 01485 533576
Date: 16th September 2014

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